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Old 04-07-2013, 10:30 AM   #1
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Taking off my "Max Tow" Mopar Trailer Hitch Assembly & Wiring... 13' JKU

I want to remove the factory trailer hitch assembly (Max Tow option Class II 3500 lb and wiring on my new 13' JKU and sell it (don't have a need for it).

It appears the unbolting would be straightforward, but I'm wondering where the wiring connects and how it would be disconnected properly. A friend who is more knowledgeable than me is helping so hopefully it goes smoothly. However he asked me about where the wiring leads and I have no clue... Any info would be appreciated.

If anyone wants to buy it and pick it up in Windsor, ON/ 5 minutes from Detroit, MI, PM me. Never used, picked up vehicle on March 8.

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I think it is a mistake to take off the hitch; it's a great attachment point if you ever need to tow someone or, more importantly, get yanked out from being stuck (yes, I know that there is a hook on the back bumper).

A 30' tow strap with loops fits right into the receiver and a standard pin holds it. I consider it essential equipment whenever I go off-road.

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Old 04-07-2013, 10:58 AM   #3
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Sorry, I don't have a use for it. Thought that was clear. Looking for info on taking it off. I've had them taken off on every vehicle I've had (when equipped) for the last 25yrs. Rather get a few bucks for something I will never use and sell to someone who will actually use it.

I most likely will never offroad it, so again the use isn't there. Yes, it has tow hooks already for that purpose.
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Old 04-07-2013, 11:01 AM   #4
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The wiring is simple. Remove the right side screws from your drivers side taillight. The taillight housing will now pull free from the body. Then unplug the trailer harness from the taillight and plug the taillight harness back in.

But I agree. Leave it in as a recovery point. Also you never know when you may want to pull a small trailer. The set sells for about $50 brand new, so figure $20-$30 used.

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it should be easy to remove and unclip the connectors. If you don't ever pull anything I don't blame you I would pull it off too. Only reason I want one is because they make some bike racks that slide in the receiver as well as a set up for a vise.
I will give you $50 for it shipped to 59808.
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Old 04-07-2013, 11:10 AM   #6
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Wiring should lead to driver side tail lamp

Remove tail lamp
Unplug "T" connector wiring harnesses that come from the hitch
Remove hitch wiring and T connector
Plug in the only remaining connector to the tail light
Replace the lamp

At least that is what mine is like. Try not to snap at me if yours is different I noticed the previous poster got slapped for offering an opinion. Which I happen to agree with
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Old 04-07-2013, 11:19 AM   #7
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Here is an installation video for the wiring harness. Follow the steps backwards and it should help you out in figuring how the harness wiring is probably set up.

http://www.quadratec.com/Assets/Installation/167106.pdf

I read above that "you don't have use for it" but why wouldn't you leave it on "just in case" you wanted it for a currently unforeseeable reason or to enhance resale value when you are done with the vehicle? I cannot imagine any negative reasons for it remaining and am curious as to why you would bother to remove it, especially when the resale value could not be great.

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Sorry, I don't have a use for it. Thought that was clear. Looking for info on taking it off. I've had them taken off on every vehicle I've had (when equipped) for the last 25yrs. Rather get a few bucks for something I will never use and sell to someone who will actually use it.

I most likely will never offroad it, so again the use isn't there. Yes, it has tow hooks already for that purpose.
Not sure I understand. You want to take off the max tow hitch because you'll never use it?

I've never used my spare tire in 22 years, maybe I should have sold it along with the cheap sisser jack.

I can see this now, you'll ditch the trailer hitch and three years from now need to rent a trailer from U-Haul - and you won't have a hitch. Then U-Haul will charge you three times what you get for your trailer hitch. You need to look at total cost over the long term, not just the money you'll gain in the short term.

Btw... I don't own a trailer, but over the past 22 years, I've used my trailer hitch more than my spare tire.

Therefore I recommend selling your spare tire.

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I thought it would be worth more than $50...

I don't pull anything. I save my vehicle the stress in not having to pull a trailer. In this area every trailer hitch I've had has rusted to pieces from the road salt and looked like crap. Another reason I want it off.

If the resale value is not that much I'll debate the removal and let it rust under there.
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Not sure I understand. You want to take off the max tow hitch because you'll never use it?

I've never used my spare tire in 22 years, maybe I should have sold it along with the cheap sisser jack.

I can see this now, you'll ditch the trailer hitch and three years from now need to rent a trailer from U-Haul - and you won't have a hitch. Then U-Haul will charge you three times what you get for your trailer hitch. You need to look at total cost over the long term, not just the money you'll gain in the short term.

Btw... I don't own a trailer, but over the past 22 years, I've used my trailer hitch more than my spare tire.

Therefore I recommend selling your spare tire.

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Haha... good one.

I come from a family of farmers... I can borrow a couple Dodge Ram's, F250's... to do anything I wanted to do (just replace the fuel). So why would I haul anything with a 3.6 V6?

I want to take it off as I think it looks like crap and I will never use it.
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Not sure I understand. You want to take off the max tow hitch because you'll never use it?

I've never used my spare tire in 22 years, maybe I should have sold it along with the cheap sisser jack.

I can see this now, you'll ditch the trailer hitch and three years from now need to rent a trailer from U-Haul - and you won't have a hitch. Then U-Haul will charge you three times what you get for your trailer hitch. You need to look at total cost over the long term, not just the money you'll gain in the short term.

Btw... I don't own a trailer, but over the past 22 years, I've used my trailer hitch more than my spare tire.

Therefore I recommend selling your spare tire.

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Haha... good one.

I come from a family of farmers... I can borrow a couple Dodge Ram's, F250's... to do anything I wanted to do (just replace the fuel). So why would I haul anything with a 3.6 V6?

I want to take it off as I think it looks like crap and I will never use it.
Good point... however I would establish my independence and use my Jeep.

That's what Jeeps are all about... freedom and independence.

You can practice this by using your own trailer hitch.



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I thought it would be worth more than $50...

I don't pull anything. I save my vehicle the stress in not having to pull a trailer. In this area every trailer hitch I've had has rusted to pieces from the road salt and looked like crap. Another reason I want it off.

If the resale value is not that much I'll debate the removal and let it rust under there.
Good call. A max tow package without a hitch at resale would likely raise questions.
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To the OP.. I took my tow hitch off. I didn't realize what a bunch of useless weight it was! I mean if I lived out of my Jeep and had to tow my cardboard boxes to my next sleeping area then I'd keep it. Not the case though!

Anyways I just tucked the wiring upwards. Make sure you keep all the parts since its easy to reinstall if you trade or sell the wrangler later on.
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Old 04-07-2013, 12:29 PM   #17
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...not even THIS:

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I thought it would be worth more than $50...
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Unfortunately no. They are about $50-80 brand new with a wiring hitch so I can't see you getting much more than $50. At that point is it even worth your time?

They are nice to have as recovery points. If you get stuck and don't have a rear tow point it's a huge pain to get unstuck and is pretty easy to damage it at that point.

I'd leave it on. You may need a cargo basket one day or a bike rack or something. All of those things make it nice to have a hitch regardless of if you tow
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To the OP.. I took my tow hitch off. I didn't realize what a bunch of useless weight it was! I mean if I lived out of my Jeep and had to tow my cardboard boxes to my next sleeping area then I'd keep it. Not the case though!

Anyways I just tucked the wiring upwards. Make sure you keep all the parts since its easy to reinstall if you trade or sell the wrangler later on.
How much weight was saved?

I'll take all the info under advisement. I appreciate the feedback.
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How much weight was saved?

I'll take all the info under advisement. I appreciate the feedback.
I put a max tow hitch on mine. I believe it added ~10 pounds. That's probably an overestimation. The crossmember stays. Only the reciever unboltes
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How much weight was saved?

I'll take all the info under advisement. I appreciate the feedback.
I added a max tow hitch to mine. It weighs about 10 pounds and that may be an overestimation. The crossmember has to stay. Only the receiver can be unbolted
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How much weight was saved?

I'll take all the info under advisement. I appreciate the feedback.
Almost 20 lbs. Even more if you remove that strange hook thingy towards the side of the rear bumper (not related to the max tow package).
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...not even THIS:
I need one of those seriously. Digging holes I'm rock in the desert is awful. Especially when there is a pressing issue. Lol
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Pressing issue......LOL
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A brand new one with a wire harness and Jeep cover is $90 shipped from Q-tec....so I can't see getting more than $50 from it..at most. People can probably order the hitch itself from Amazon for about that price.
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...not even THIS:
Needs a magazine rack
And is the pail really needed? Sorry all for the mental picture...just watch your step when done
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You should have negotiated removal of the hitch and wiring by the dealer for some paltry amount of credit. ($50 maybe) That is probably all you will get for it. NOT worth the hassle of removal after the sale on your own in my opinion but it is your Jeep.
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my offer of $50 shipped is sincere.
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Stick it in a usps flat rate box. Like 6 bucks to ship...
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Stick it in a usps flat rate box. Like 6 bucks to ship...
I live in Canada... about $10 in toll at the border and I'd have to navigate through inner city Detroit. Don't think it would be feasible for me to ship anything.

If I do take it off and want to sell it, I'd do it locally. An off-brand unit if $105 here, I'm sure the Mopar one is more. I'm debating whether to do anything or just leave it. I may decide to take it off and then keep everything to re-install if need be, for the future.

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